In late 1992, after lifelong runner David Spetnagel had worked as an aerospace engineer for both NASA and McDonnell Douglas, he convinced his wife, Debby, to turn running - their hobby and passion - into their second careers. On April 12th, 1993 they opened their first Fleet Feet Sports store in St. Charles. In the early years, in addition to working at the store David coached at St. Charles West high school and then Lindenwood University - and Debby worked as an accountant at Mallinckrodt. Both of them also coached marathon training teams for the Arthritis Foundation, the Wellness Community, and other charities. David also served as President of the St. Louis Track Club and the St. Charles Runners Club and for nearly a decade was a Senior Writer and a Special Contributor to Running Times Magazine, responsible for coordinating the wear- and lab-testing for the magazine's road shoe reviews. David created and is constantly improving the Footwear Identification Tool, a software application used by Fleet Feet Outfitters to fit customers with the most appropriate footwear. He is currently a member of Fleet Feet's Franchise Advisory Council.
In 2001 David and Debby opened a store in Chesterfield, in 2008 Fleet Feet opened its doors in South County, and on the 20th anniversary of the opening of their first store, they opened Fleet Feet Des Peres. In 2014, Fleet Feet opened up in O'Fallon in partnership with locally owned and operated 40K Cycles.
The continuing success of Fleet Feet St. Louis is a direct result of its terrific employees, each of whom is dedicated to delivering consistently excellent customer service. Their commitment is reflected by the positive feedback that is submitted daily by customers - and by the many other industry honors that Fleet Feet St. Louis has received over the years.